Verdict from 22 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Many were impressed by Nike Free RN Flyknit’s breathable upper coverage.
  • A number of runners mentioned that the cushioning is just right.
  • The outsole provides reliable traction while enhancing flexibility.
  • Many runners applauded the design of the shoe.
  • A significant number of runners said that the shoe is comfortable.
  • The shoe is available in different color options.
  • Like most Nike Free running shoes, it is lightweight.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of runners mentioned that they experienced blisters around the heel area.
  • Some users were disappointed with the shoe’s durability. The upper material wore out quickly after a few use.
  • Some runners found the shoe to be too narrow for their preferences.

Bottom line

A neutral shoe designed for road running, the Free RN Flyknit offers flexibility and responsiveness. Some users were impressed by the shoe's breathability, traction and comfort while others have issues with its durability and narrow fit. Overall, the shoe is still a reliable partner for daily training and short distance road running.

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Good to know

  • The major update of the Nike Free RN Flyknit is in its midsole. It is redesigned to enhance flexibility. It utilizes the IU002 carrier system that provides a soft cushioning while enhancing flexibility.
  • It also features the Auxetic Tri-Star outsole that is designed to give added traction and flexibility in each step. With this outsole, the foot moves more naturally and comfortably.

The outsole of the Nike Free RN Flyknit is made up of durable rubber material that gives reliable traction while running on the road. Along with this is the Auxetic Tri-Star geometry that delivers maximum flexibility in each step.

The midsole utilizes the IU002 carrier system that is engineered to provide a soft cushioning and responsive ride. This works perfectly with the fused lunar that gives added cushioning for protection and comfort.

The Nike Free RN Flyknit features a single-seam Flyknit upper that provides a sock-like feel while giving maximum breathability. The Dyanamic Flywire cables are woven into the upper to provide necessary support in every step.


How Nike Free RN Flyknit ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 28% road running shoes
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Top 26% Nike running shoes
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